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We selected more than 300 of the best spinal cord injury resources on the web. We designed it to help you find what you need quickly; the descriptions are written in plain English; every listing tells you "Where to Start."

  • Short List

    These websites are good places to begin to learn about the core basics of spinal cord injuries. The Short List constitutes an introduction to spinal cord information, institutions and the disability community.

  • Government Programs

    This is a list of federal and state programs that provide disability related information on benefits, law, services, education and accessibility.

  • Family and Caregiver Support

    These websites list the most valuable supportive services for family members who find themselves in the role of caregiver. The sites offer tools for coping, communicating with other caregivers, staying organized and seeking respite.

  • Financial Help

    Here you’ll find resources specifically focused on how to find funding for medical, technological and daily-life necessities.

  • Active Lifestyle

    These websites feature an array of athletic opportunities available to individuals with spinal cord injuries. Activities include such sports as quad rugby and wheelchair tennis as well as recreational events and camps for families.

  • Advocacy

    Disability rights advocacy groups are comprised of people working together to support and promote equal rights for people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.  This list includes the top disability-rights advocacy organizations and programs.  Here you’ll find support as well as information on the rights to which you’re entitled, and how to claim them. 

  • Employment and Education

    These websites are dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to work and go to school. Here you'll find job search websites geared toward finding employers who comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as sites with advice and guidance for college-bound students.

  • Adaptive Technology

    Adaptive technology refers to products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. These websites feature useful programs like adaptive driving classes and specially designed equipment and products. Also included are the latest technological advancements, as well as advice on how to select the right adaptive technology for you.

  • Recent Medical Research

    This section includes scholarly articles from major medical journals and national publications on recent medical developments and ongoing research. Here you’ll find information on current medical advancements in spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation, including stem cell clinical trials.

  • Good Things to Read

    This is a selected list of interesting and informative articles, stories and publications about spinal cord injuries.

  • Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures

    These websites feature medical information regarding the anatomical and physical aspects of spinal cord injuries. Here you’ll also find a variety of statistical information on spinal cord injuries.

  • Model System Rehab Hospitals

    These institutions are the national leaders in medical research and patient care, and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services. The National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) has designated them “Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems."

  • Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury

    Pediatric spinal cord injuries differ greatly from adult onset injuries in their nature, severity and implications for a child’s future. This section includes information on the specific problems, conditions and concerns of pediatric spinal cord injuries and resources that focus specifically on children and their families.

  • Sex and Fertility Information

    This section covers topics many women and men want to know about sex after spinal cord injury. While the resources cover the basics of sexual anatomy, fertility and intimacy after SCI, they also cover gender-specific issues. Women’s topics include: vaginal function, sexual aids, pregnancy and childbirth. Men’s topics include: erectile dysfunction, medications, penile implants and more.

  • Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center Factsheets

    The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and burn injury (Burn).

    These factsheets were produced through a collaboration between the MSKTC and the SCI Model Systems. These materials undergo expert and consumer reviews to ensure they are up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly.